If readers of this blog know Sara Nelson at all, it is because she’s one of the owners of Fremont Brewing Company. She’s not exactly the public face of the brewery, but she’s now pursuing a very public role. Nelson recently announced that she is running for Seattle City Council, Position 8. She hopes to fill the seat currently occupied by Tim Burgess, who is not seeking reelection.
Away from the beery side of her life, Sara has spent a lot of time working professionally in local politics and has helped shape municipal and regional policy. Notably, Nelson is a former staffer for longtime Seattle council member Richard Conlin.
Having read the information available, and knowing her professionally, I’d describe Sara Nelson as a pro-sanity, responsibly progressive, pro-business candidate. In addition to making great beer, Fremont Brewing treats its employees equitably with regards to employee compensation and benefits. I have heard, anecdotally at least, that Fremont leads the way. Fremont Brewing has also been recognized as an environmentally responsible company. Again, leaders in that regard. As a company, Fremont Brewing always strives to do the right thing. Her candidacy reflects those values. A key pillar of her platform is a simple concept: make it easier for companies to do the right thing.
If you’re a voter in Seattle, I encourage you to read the statement below and seek out more information. Learn more about Sara Nelson’s candidacy on the Facebook page or on the campaign’s website, http://www.saraforcitycouncil.com/. However you decided to vote, make it an informed decision.
Here’s the statement that Sarah released when she announced her candidacy:
I am excited to announce my candidacy for the Seattle City Council, Position 8!
I’m running because City Council needs a grown-up with a track record of success translating our progressive values into action. And I need you to help launch our campaign for a fairer, greener, and more responsive local government.
Seattle City Council needs the unique perspective of a neighborhood small business owner who puts her progressive values to work. As the co-owner of Fremont Brewing, we do that every day on behalf of our employees, our environment, and our community.
Seattle has to be a place that is focused on creating good, sustainable, high paying jobs while remaining a leader on environmental issues.
I am proud that we have created middle class jobs with retirement and health benefits, transit cards for our employees, and lots of free beer! And I’m proud that our business has been recognized as a national leader in conservation and triple bottom line sustainability practices.
As a mother of two school-aged children, I care deeply about this city’s future. I want to ensure that our resources are spent wisely to protect our public assets like parks, community centers, tree canopy, and roads. And with over 10 years of experience working for Council, I know how to get things done. As a small business owner, I’ll bring a fresh perspective to City Hall and some common sense about how to keep Seattle a vibrant, affordable, and livable city.
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